mently, to see if he could dominate over all thrones, and over the essence of the Deity in gentleness; which proved to be his fall, as will happen also to the present world. 20. Therefore let every man learn hereby to beware of pride and covetousness ; for the devil's fall came through pride and covetousness, in that he kindled in himself the centre of the dark world. Hence he was cast out of the light-world into the dark world. And thus it fares with all men, who, abandoning meekness and humility, enter into wrath, pride, covetousness and envy. All these imaginate into the centre of the dark Nature, as into the origin of Nature, and withdraw into the dark fire of the source of anguish, where the noble image is introduced into another quality; so that it must be in fear and enmity, each form of life being hostile to the other. 21. And we see also very exactly hercfrom, how God's kingdom is found only in the bright clear light in freedom, in love and gentleness ; for that is the property of the white clear light. As is to be seen in outer nature, that where there is a pleasant, mild and sweet matter for the outer fire (which is but the fierceness of the inner fire), that also a pleasant light and odour arise from it. Much more is this so in the spirit-fire, to which no com- prehensible or external being belongs; but where the seven spirits of Nature make in themselves a fire, which is only a property and a source of fire, as indeed the dark world and light-world stand in such a spiritual property.